Raw Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Peaches and cream oatmeal! Probably brings back memories from your childhood, huh?


We aaaaalll know of Quaker Oats in North America. Unless you grew up far far away from civilization (or your parents chose to not bring this junk food in the household), chances are pretty high that we've tried instant oatmeal packages. But here's some bad news: those little packages are filled with a lot of questionable ingredients, sugar, and NO PEACHES! It's dehydrated apple with artificial peach flavour and sulfites to make it look and taste like peaches.... How deceiving! 

Here's a list of ingredients of the Peaches and Cream Oatmeal by Quaker Oats (take a look at how many questionable and WTF ingredients I bolded): WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, CREAMING AGENT (MALTODEXTRIN, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, WHEY, SODIUM CASEINATE, SUGAR, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR), FLAVORED AND COLOURED FRUIT PIECES (DEHYDRATED APPLES [TREATED WITH SODIUM SULFITE TO PROMOTE COLOR RETENTION], ARTIFICIAL PEACH FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO COLOR, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, GUAR GUM, OAT FLOUR, NIACINIMIDE, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, RIBOFLAVIN, THIAMIN MONONITRIATE, FOLIC ACID.

Common guys, seriously? Second ingredient is sugar and basically everything after the first ingredient (rolled oats) is not healthful at all. 

Need I explain more about this product? 

*Shaking my head*

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ANYWAYS! On to the healthy stuff..

This recipe has REAL peaches, and did you know peaches are packed with tons of good stuff?!


I've put together a few educational points to keep things simple:

• A study published in 2009 by the Journal of Medicinal Food reported that there are significant antioxidants (chlorogenic acid to be specific) that help to scavenge free radicals. This antioxidant may also help to reduce body inflammation. 

• Minerals baby! Peaches have a solid amount of potassium, and also contain magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium. These help to support bone, muscle, and nervous system health! 

• Vitamins: Peaches provide beta carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A) and vitamin C. Beta carotene is good for your eyes and skin and vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant that keeps our immune system strong! Wanting your skin to be more clear? Eat some peaches! 

Now that we've discussed a few things about peaches, lets get to eating them! 

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I'm really digging Mumford and Sons lately (which surprises me because I never used to like them, but recently I've found a good groove to their music!)

The Cave gets me so pumped, and I love listening to it in the morning especially. It makes me so happy and ready to take on the day. You'll probably have enough time to prep your oatmeal by the time this song is done!


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Raw Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/4 C rolled oats
1/3 C almond milk
1/2 peach, diced (or about a handful of frozen peaches, thawed)
1/3 C plain kefir or yogurt
1/4 C hemp seeds (optional for additional protein, fat, and fiber)

Directions:

In a bowl, cover the oats with almond milk, wrap with plastic wrap and put in fridge overnight. (Difficult, I know.)

Once you've awaken from your beauty sleep (good morning, by the way), take the bowl out of the fridge and give it a quick stir. 


Add the diced peaches to the bowl and top with kefir or yogurt! 

Stir together and you're done. 

**It's naturally sweet already because of the sugars in the peaches, but if you wish for it to be sweeter, add a few drops of liquid stevia or drizzle a little bit of unpasteurized honey on top!




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